Charlie Watts

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Charlie Watts
Watts in 1965
Watts in 1965
Background information
Birth nameCharles Robert Watts
Born(1941-06-02)2 June 1941
Bloomsbury, London, England
OriginWembley, Middlesex, England
Died24 August 2021(2021-08-24) (aged 80)
London, England
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, producer
Years active1959–2021
LabelsDecca, Rolling Stones, Virgin

Charles Robert Watts (2 June 1941 – 24 August 2021) was an English drummer and composer.

Overview[change | change source]

Watts was born in London. His career began in 1959.

He was known for being the main drummer of the Rolling Stones. He was one of the band's longest serving members from 1963 until his death.

In 1989, Watts was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Rolling Stones.

In 2016, he was named 12th on Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Drummers of All Time" list.[1]

In addition to being a rock drummer, Watts was also a Jazz drummer and stated in a lot of interviews that he would have much rather had been a Jazz drummer, than a Rock drummer.

Watts studied in Architecture, and also drew the room layout of the hotel rooms he stay in when touring with the Rolling Stones.

Death[change | change source]

Watts died in a London hospital on 24 August 2021, at the age of 80.[2][3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "100 Greatest Drummers of All Time". Rolling Stone. 31 March 2016. Archived from the original on 2 October 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  2. "Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts dies at 80". BBC News. 24 August 2021. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  3. Lawless, Jill; Katz, Gregory (2021-08-24). "Drummer Charlie Watts, Rolling Stones backbone, dies at 80". Associated Press. Retrieved 2021-08-25.

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